The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
We think this attitude is gone, but in some places it feels like this could have been filmed today.
July 11, 2022 Subject:
Asian Supremacists Thrive
The comment here by Masonlau is indicative of current-age Asian supremacists thought process. They believe they have knowledge above and beyond all others and have the privileged entitlement in a position of being a colored minority in their adopted country to cast aspersion on their white hosts.
August 1, 2021 Subject:
White Racism Continues
I think the comment made here by chrisnickey64 is a good indication of how the way whites thought in the 50s has not changed one bit. I find it interesting that this poster is blaming "inner-city transplants" for the degradation of Levittown. If a township remains exclusively--aggressively--white for decades, the people who live there should at least have the decency to take full responsibility for the township's degradation. It is more likely that the township suffered from the full-scale downslide in industrial and skilled labor jobs in urban areas throughout the country. In other words, the poster should realize that white people are fully capable of destroying their own communities and have proven this time after time. You don't have to look to the "inner city" to cast blame.
AH! The perils of "Levitt Town". If they only knew the outcome. They would have made it mandatory to change the name to "Leave-it Town" after thirty years.
November 25, 2018 Subject:
Go to Levittown pa today and see how it is.
I had a home in Levittown form7 years and grew up in lower bucks county and spent a lot of time there . I couldn't take it and had to leave . The once thriving middle community with home and property pride has now devolved into a vast spralling community of inner city transplants living on HUD assistance , halfway houses for re covering addicts and felons, drug dealers and lots of white trash..stash houses for gangbangers from Trenton and Philly ..all the original owners are dead and gone and have been replaced in large part with renters .....people parking up on the lawn , constantly with the little shitty cars with the loud exaust and subwoofers in the trunk. Something like 13 unsolved murders in Bristol two over the years .....Sadly Levittown actually turned out how these people said it would .
March 15, 2017 Subject:
Good pro-integration film. But cringe-y.
Mostly neutral presentation, with interviews of people with differing points of view. A bit depressing- how hard must it have been for the African American family, although we never get a description of the violence and harassment that they were subjected to, only hints. Crazyhead paranoia fiends aren't a new invention. An African-American family moves into an all-white town, and rumors fly that "the Reds" or "the Jews" or the evil "NAACP" are behind it. At the end, the narrator assures us that integration will not make the town erupt into hellfire.
"I'm not racist, I just don't want colored people as my neighbors." Ew.